Now I know some of you may protest at this, but just give me a chance to explain:
Manziel is an impressive athlete by many counts, but is he really that good of a quarterback?
I was watching some highlights and I came across his top 12 plays - 8 of them were plays where he took off and ran with the ball. This says two things to me:
1) He's (obviously) a run first quarterback and will not have a very long shelf life in the NFL
2) He's not very comfortable throwing the ball - He elects to run a lot of the time, and while that may have worked for him in college, it may not really translate all that well to the NFL where everyone is just as fast and just as athletic as he is.
Let's look at some stats for 2012 and 2013:
Pass attempts: 295
Run attempts: 201
Total snaps: 496
Run percentage: about 40%
Pass attempts: 423
Run attempts: 144
Total snaps: 567
Run percentage: about 25%
So, in 2012, he ran 40% of the time - not to mention that the most electrifying part of his game is the run game and not the passing game - hence all the highlights are of him running the ball.
That number did decrease to 25% in 2013 - possibly as he became more comfortable throwing the ball? Who knows.
Now to put that into a little perspective, Marshawn Lynch, the back with the most carries this season, had 301 carries in 2013 - that's only 150 more than Manziel did, so how would a running back fit in an offense with him?
My question is, what happens when he lands on someone's roster, and finds that he really cannot run like he did in college? Would he be able to adapt and throw the ball more? Or would he crash and burn under pressure after one too many hits?
What do you guys think? Will Manziel continue to electrify us for years to come in the NFL or will he be a bust?